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Let's Dish!! How about Those Brother Machines!!
...but how do they compare with....???
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Date: 9/16/13 3:52 PM

Saw the Brother Laura Ashley NX2000 at out Creative Stitches show this weekend as well as the Dreamweaver (I think that is what it was). Whatever it was it had this gi-normous walking foot.

OMG!! A Sewing machine that can sew sideways and at 45 degree angles?? Deco stiches that can, in some cases sew out far wider than 9mm (like in large curved lines)?? Wahooo!!! (Believe it is a 7mm machine.)

I know the NX2000 is almost the same as the BL Symphony and the straight stitch quality in the Symphony is pretty good.

Not sure about the Brothers' straight stitch quality. What the demo Lady stitched out on what look like a broadcloth with black thread did not look that great at all. (Maybe that is why.) I was suffering from a flu/like cold and just did not feel well enough to drive it myself or even check it out any further.

IMHO the machines with best straight stiches are Bernina, then Pfaff, (very close), then Janome & Babylock and am wondering where the Brothers might fall. Any comments on the feet? (For example, I love the red markings on Pfaff feet.)

Any other info you can share about these Brother/Babylock machines would be great.

PS I don't mention other brands like Elna, Viking, Singer, Juki because I don't know much about them. No offense or snobbery intended.

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Date: 9/16/13 4:15 PM

the one thing that has me interested in the Brother machines is the laser pointer thing. I would have so many uses for that, embroidery placement, seam guide. Those upper end brothers look like nice machines but I've never seen one in person as I have no Brother dealer within 50 miles of me.

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Date: 9/16/13 4:44 PM

Agree!! I haven't paid much attention b/c our dealer here seems a bit of the wall. The one time I was in there all he wanted to talk about was how inexpensive the Brother feet are relative to Bernina feet. (He doesn't like Bernina machines even though he used to sell them.)

It's nice that Brother feet are so affordable but.... do they work well??

I would use the directional sewing and those really wide deco stiches a lot. Much easier to use these stitches on smaller quilting and applique projects than FMQ - as I am very much in learning mode for FMQ.

I would consider buying one in Calgary excepting for that warranty thing. I hate, hate, hate that sewing machine makers insist we take our warranty work to the dealer that sold us the machine. Ridiculous. Hello!!! It is 2013, not 1964. If the car makers can figure it out, I thing the sm makers could too.

I digress. I think these machines would be so much fun to work with and open up so many possibilities.

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Date: 9/16/13 4:50 PM

actually I can't really remember hearing anything bad about a Brother machine or babylock machines

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Date: 9/16/13 4:59 PM

Quote: Canadian Jane
It's nice that Brother feet are so affordable but.... do they work well??

Test them. In my experience, most feet in general work as well as Bernina feet, some work better. It usually comes down to what you prefer rather than performance.
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Subject: Lets Dish!! How about Those Brother Machines!! Date: 9/16/13 6:29 PM

I have 2 cheap Brother machines (one is the ever-popular 1034D serger). Several feet (3 on the serger, 4 or 5 on the sm?), all but one are came with the machines. The one that didn't is the invisible zipper foot - I started w/ a cheap plastic one that "adapts" for many different machines.

Anyway, my regular machine is an XL-something that apparently they don't make any more (I can't find it online anyway). I got it at Walmart ~10 years ago. It sews nice and straight, doesn't skip stitches, has a wide variety of stitches for a mechanical, and makes great button holes (using a foot that you stick a button into). It also has a quilting foot (never used), zigzag foot (the one I usually have on), zipper foot, and button foot (yes, I can sew on buttons with the machine!). It doesn't have an invisible hem foot, but it does have the stitch - I just eyeball it.

I get the occasional thread nest, and have had issues with some fabrics getting jammed into/between the feed dogs. But most of that is probably user error/selection issues (wrong/old needle, need to oil, etc.).

It's been so long since I've used another brand, that the comparison is probably wrong now anyway!

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Date: 9/17/13 1:06 AM

My brothers straight stitch perfect wouldn't trade for berninas feed the 7pt on brothers is more consistent to me. I have the dreamweaver and wouldn't trade that baby for 100 berninas or pfaff. It is a dream to sew on. Have had several brothers none have given me problems, stitching is consistent on all and has always been nice, and most of my brothers have been low end except for my dreamweaver and my brother made babylock espire. the muvit foot on the dreamweaver is such a wonderful foot I encourage all to try it out.
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Date: 9/17/13 3:17 AM

Good info!!

The stitch quality I saw really was not great. It has to be the way this guy sets up his machines then. The stitches looked almost like the thread was twisting and had this slightly slanted quality. My Pfaff stitches are so straight - they look so beautiful, especially on anything topstitched. The BL Symphony stitches were very nice too. Since Brother makes BL I did not understand why there would be such a big difference.

Brotherlover - is it true that the Dreamweaver is 50bs? That is a lot of machine! I don't think I could have one that heavy. Mine is about 28 lbs and I can barely lift it.

I sure am happy to hear how much you love your machine. That just makes sewing that much more enjoyable when you have a machine that you love.

The muvit foot - that must be the gi-normous one I saw? I am a bit surprised you don't find it awkward to use because of its size. (Visability).

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Date: 9/17/13 5:58 AM

There is an open toe foot available for the Dreamweaver Muv-it walking foot. I don't have it, but folks that do rave about it. Personally I've never had a problem with the standard foot. With the Dreamweaver you get used to using the laser that puts your concentration out in front of the foot itself.

I've had Pfaffs and Brothers, the higher end Brothers stitch quality is every bit as good as good as Pfaff, IMO. As has been said above, almost all newer machines, when set up and used correctly, have wonderful stitch quality, it just comes done to the "feel" you prefer.

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Date: 9/17/13 9:44 AM

I personally love Brother and babylock for embroidery and find them really easy to use. I have had virtually no issues with my embroidery machines of these brands. For sewing I am a Pfaff and Elna fan. This is how I can justify having multiple machines!

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